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Glenbeigh-Glencar V Ballymacelligott 2015-04-28 08:47:00

Glenbeigh/Glencar    1-11         Ballymacelligott 1-08

Glenbeigh/Glencar overcame Ballymac in the Junior Championship quarter final on Sunday afternoon. The homeside got off to an excellent start with a class goal, when Jason McKenna rifled a shot across the Ballymac keeper into the far corner of the net.  Ballymac responded well with points from Padraig McCarthy (2) and Vincent Horan to level the game.   Bernard Murphy edged Glenbeigh/Glencar into the lead again with a well taken point, but Ballymac were playing with a strong breeze and kept Glenbeigh/ Glencar pinned back and notched up another two points, both from the boot of Aidan Breen.  Bernard Murphy grabbed his second point of the game, closely followed by a Gavan O Grady converted free kick, after a great run from Feargal Griffin was stopped illegally.   Gavan added another free as the homeside looked to bring an advantage into the second half, but Aidan  Breen and Paudie McCarthy scored two points before the whistle, to level the game as the halftime whistle went: 1-04 to 0-07.

Gavan O Grady got the scoring underway in the second half, with a fine converted free after  Darran O' Sullivan was brought down after a marauding run.   Jason McKenna added another great point minutes later, as the home side looked to open a lead.  Ballymac were resilient and, only for some great defending by the Glenbeigh/Glencar fullback line of Kieran Doyle, Donogh McGillicuddy and Vincent Hoare and a good save by Donal O Neill, may well have grabbed their first goal of the game.  Many of the home side attacks came from great runs, with ball in hand from Pa Kilkenny, Feargal and Jack Brosnan.  Darran O'Sullivan was a constant thorn in the side of the visitors and was rewarded with another excellent point, after taking on a number of Ballymac's defence.  Tommy Cahill was introduced for Podge Griffin.   Paudie McCarthy, who was having an excellent game, scored Ballymac's first point of the second half.   Gavan O Grady's place kicking was faultless and he saw another attempt sail between the uprights, after great work from Kieran Doyle.  Colin McGillicuddy and Jeremiah Hoare were dominant in the middle of the field and Ballymac were finding it difficult to win their own kickouts. Kieran Courntey replaced Caoilam Teahan, who again showed great maturity and composure on the ball for a young lad.  Glenbeigh/Glencar scored a number of excellent points on the day, but the best was yet to come when Gavan O Grady brilliantly converted a point from way out on the left hand side of the field, to make the score 1-09 to 0-08.   Pa Kilkenny was constantly fouled throughout the game and showed great constraint to keep his head, and he drove at his counterparts at every opportunity.  It was Pa who was brought down after a great run, which resulted in another O Grady converted free, and he added another point from a free as Glenbeigh/Glencar opened up a six point lead.  Kevin O Shea did manage to breach  Donal  O'Neills net in the closing stages with a well taken goal, but this was to be little more than a consolation as the final whistle blew a minute later.